About Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Many women experience abnormally excessive bleeding during their periods. Heavy menstrual bleeding, also known as menorrhagia, should not be ignored since it can sometimes indicate a more serious problem. When you have heavy menstrual bleeding, you might experience the following symptoms:
- Bleeding through your pad or tampon every hour
- Difficulty participating in normal activities
- Severe cramping
- Waking up in the night to change your protection
- Blood clotting
- Extreme tiredness
At Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta, our caring team understands the challenges you may be facing, and we're here to help. Experienced gynecologist Dr. Gerry Sotomayor can review your treatment options during a visit to our office near Norcross, GA.
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Treatment Options for Heavy Bleeding
Menorrhagia can be caused by a number of factors, such as hormone imbalances, uterine fibroids, or polyps. During a consultation and exam at our office near Norcross, GA, Dr. Sotomayor will be able to assess your symptoms and diagnose the cause of heavy menstrual bleeding. Sometimes, patients may need additional testing, such as ultrasounds or biopsies. Based on the cause of heavy bleeding, the appropriate treatment options will be provided. Some patients may benefit from prescription medication, such as oral progesterone, to correct a hormonal imbalance and decrease the thickness of the uterine lining. If surgery is needed, Dr. Sotomayor might recommend dilation and curettage, myomectomy, endometrial ablation, or hysterectomy. The recommended course of action will be based on you as an individual.
Heavy Menstrual Bleeding FAQ
How common is heavy menstrual bleeding?
Heavy menstrual bleeding is very common. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), almost 10 million women in the U.S. alone are affected by heavy menstrual bleeding in a given year. This equates to one in five women.
Is heavy menstrual bleeding a sign of something more serious?
Not always. There can be many reasons for heavy periods that aren’t necessarily a cause for serious concern. However, heavy bleeding can sometimes be a symptom of serious issues such as cervical cancer, polycystic ovary syndrome, hormonal imbalances, and more. It can also lead to anemia and severe pain. If a heavy period is accompanied by a fever and chills, you should seek immediate medical care.
How is heavy menstrual bleeding diagnosed?
During a consultation at the Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta, Dr. Sotomayor will talk to you about various factors that can impact your menstrual cycle. These typically include current birth control methods, pregnancy history, medical history, surgical procedures you’ve had, any medications you’re taking, and the history of your menstrual cycle. If necessary, blood testing, hysteroscopy, endometrial biopsy, or an ultrasound examination may be recommended to further diagnose your heavy bleeding.
Find a Solution for Heavy Bleeding
Abnormally heavy periods can take a toll on many aspects of your life. Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta takes an empathetic, caring approach when it comes to addressing heavy menstrual bleeding. We specialize in customized treatment options to improve the health and well-being of our patients near Norcross, GA. Contact our friendly team to schedule an appointment, and receive the care you deserve.